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    Wednesday's Sun Devil Stories From The Diamond

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    The biggest news and stories from ASU baseball and softball, touching upon an impressive Sun Devil comeback victory over the University of Arizona last night along with a feature story on softball's Bailey Wigness.

    Jeff Metcalfe of The Republic talks about how ASU roughed up Arizona's closer to win coming from behind




    Did you miss the 23rd-ranked Arizona State baseball team's 8-2 win over No. 17 Oregon State on Thursday night at Packard Stadium? Well worry no more, because Fox Sports is airing a tape-delayed broadcast of the game all weekend. Check below for a listing of times and affiliates the game will air on:

      

    Network

    Date

    Time

    Zone

    L,D.R

    FOX SPORTS ARIZONA

    Saturday - 04/07/2012

    2:00 PM

    Pacific

    Delay

    FOX SPORTS ARIZONA (Non Suns)

    Saturday - 04/07/2012

    6:30 PM (JIP)

    Pacific

    Repeat

    FOX SPORTS DETROIT (PLUS)

    Friday - 04/06/2012

    12:00 PM

    Eastern

    Delay

    FOX SPORTS MIDWEST (Non Cardinals)

    Friday - 04/06/2012

    12:30 PM (JIP)

    Central

    Delay

    FOX SPORTS MIDWEST (Non Blues)

    Saturday - 04/07/2012

    6:00 PM

    Central

    Repeat

    FOX SPORTS OHIO (Non Reds & Non Jackets)

    Saturday - 04/07/2012

    7:00 PM

    Eastern

    Delay

    FOX SPORTS WEST

    Saturday - 04/07/2012

    3:30 PM

    Pacific

    Repeat

    PRIME TICKET

    Friday - 04/06/2012

    3:00 PM

    Pacific

    Delay

    FOX SPORTS SOUTH

    Thursday- 04/12/2012

    1:00 AM

    Eastern

    Delay

    SPORTSOUTH (Non NBA)

    Saturday - 04/07/2012

    7:00 PM

    Eastern

    Delay

    ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region)

    Friday - 04/06/2012

    1:00 PM

    Pacific

    Delay

    ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region)

    Saturday - 04/07/2012

    2:30 AM

    Pacific

    Repeat

    ROOT SPORTS (Northwest Region)

    Sunday - 04/08/2012

    2:00 PM

    Pacific

    Repeat

    ROOT SPORTS (Rocky Mountain Region)

    Sunday - 04/08/2012

    12:00 AM

    Mountain

    Delay

    ROOT SPORTS (Rocky Mountain Region)

    Tuesday - 04/10/2012

    7:00 PM

    Mountain

    Repeat

    COMCAST BAY AREA

    Tuesday - 04/10/2012

    2:00 PM

    Pacific

    Delay

    COMCAST MID ATLANTIC

    Sunday - 04/08/2012

    10:00 AM

    Eastern

    Delay

     

    Head coach Tim Esmay near top of storied group

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    ASU baseball head coach Tim Esmay earned his 100th win as the Sun Devils' skipper on Sunday, beating UC Riverside, 11-2.  Esmay is in his third year at the helm of the Devils and reached the century mark with a 100-29 record, giving him the second-highest winning percentage at that point among ASU baseball coaches. And with five national championships, 22 College World Series appearances and 21 conference titles between the four of them, that's not a bad group to be in the upper half of.

     

    Check below for a chart of ASU's baseball coaches:


    Jim Brock (1972-1994)

    Record at 100 wins: 100-12 (.893)

    Overall record: 1,099-441-1 (.713)

    Two national titles, 13 College World Series appearances, 11 conference titles

     

    Tim Esmay (2010-present)

    Record at 100 wins: 100-29 (.775)

    Overall record: 100-29 (.775)

    One College World Series appearance, one conference title

     

    Bobby Winkles (1959-71) 

    Record at 100 wins: 100-46 (.685)

    Overall record: 524-173-1 (.751)

    Three national titles, four College World Series appearances, five conference titles

     

    Pat Murphy (1995-2009)

    Record at 100 wins: 100-59 (.629)

    Overall record: 629-283-1 (.689)

    Four College World Series appearances, four conference titles

     

    Arizona State placed three student-athletes on the 2011 Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, tied for the most in the country.

    Junior infielder Zack MacPhee, junior outfielder Johnny Ruettiger and sophomore shortstop Deven Marrero were all named to the list. MacPhee was a semifinalist last season.

    Arizona State has had three winners of the award, including Bob Horner, who won the inaugural one in 1978. Oddibe McDowell won in 1984 and Mike Kelly won in 1991.

    Black History Month

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    In honor of Black History Month, the Arizona State Athletic Department would like to highlight two student-athletes who broke racial barriers while at ASU.

    JOE ISLAND - First African American Student Athlete - 1936:
    In 1936, Joe Island became the first African American varsity student-athlete at Arizona State Teachers College (now ASU). Island was a local baseball player at Carver High School in Phoenix. After lettering in 1936 and 37 at ASTC, Island would go on to become Officer Island as he joined the Phoenix Police department. He served in the US Military in World War Two and later retired from the police force in 1961 to earn his Master's degree and become a teacher. He also served as Pastor of the Bethel African-American Methodist Episcopal Church in Phoenix.

    EMERSON HARVEY - First African American Football Student-Athlete - 1937:
    During a time of segregation in professional sports and when there were only about a dozen African Americans playing football at "major colleges", Emerson Harvey was recruited out of Sacramento Community College to play football for Arizona State Teachers College (later ASU).

    Upon arriving to ASTC, due to segregation, Harvey was not allowed to live in the dorms and had to ride the bus to school every day. Despite having to deal with racial slurs and dirty play from other teams, he started for the Bulldogs for two years, achieved nearly a 4.00 GPA in his studies and graduated from ASTC after the fall of 1938. He would go on to teach and coach in several Phoenix schools for many years and will always be remembered as a man of courage who helped break the "color-barrier" in sports in the Southwest of the United States.

    For the sixth year in a row and the seventh time in the last eight years, Arizona State led the West Coast in attendance. 129,728 fans came to Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark during the 2010 season, the 10th highest total in the entire nation and #1 on the West Coast by a wide margin. No other Pac-10 team ranked in the Top 25 in national attendance, and the nine teams who finished ahead of ASU all have much higher capacities than Packard Stadium's 4,371.

    ASU Baseball Gets Their 2010 Pac-10 Championship Ring

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    Watch the video of Arizona State baseball receiving their 2010 Pac-10 Championship Rings:
    ASU Baseball Ring Ceremony

    Window Washing Scam/ASU Baseball

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    It has been brought to our attention that a group claiming to be Arizona State baseball players are going door-to-door in neighborhoods offering to wash windows in exchange for a donation to Arizona State's baseball program. We just wanted to let everyone know that this group is in no way affiliated with Arizona State University, nor Arizona State University baseball.

    Two Sun Devils On Preliminary Arizona Fall League Rosters

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    Former Sun Devil stand outs Jason Kipnis and Andrew Romine were both named to the Arizona Fall League yesterday.

    Kipnis, playing in the Cleveland Indians' system, will play for the Peoria Javelinas.

    Romine, a member of the Los Angels Angels organization, will play for the Mesa Solar Sox.

    The Arizona Fall League gets underway in October, and players can still be added to the rosters.

    ASU Baseball Summer Ball Teams

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    Below is a list of where Sun Devil baseball players will be playing their summer ball:

    CAPE COD LEAGUE
    Johnny Ruettiger (Hyannis)
    Riccio Torrez (Orleans)
    Matt Newman (Orleans)
    Mitchell Lambson (Orleans)
    Deven Marrero (Cotuit)
    Brady Rodgers (Cotuit)
    Zack MacPhee (Bourne)
    Zach Wilson (Wareham)
    Jake Barrett (Brewster)

    NORTHWOODS LEAGUE
    Andrew Aplin (St. Cloud)
    Austin Barnes (St. Cloud)
    Alex Blackford (Mankato)

    NEW ENGLAND COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
    Tyler Bernard (Keene)
    Joey DeMichele (Keene)

    TEXAS COLLEGIATE LEAGUE
    Kyle Arnsberg (Victoria)

    USA BASEBALL TRIALS
    Drew Maggi

    Former Sun Devil All-American Brett Wallace has been named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team. Wallace, who is one of the top prospects for the Toronto Blue Jays, is currently playing for the Las Vegas 51s. He is hitting .301 with 14 homers and 42 RBI for the 51s. The AAA All-Star Game takes place on July 14th in Allentown, Penn.

    Jake Borup and Raoul Torrez sign Pro Contracts

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    Arizona State redshirt sophomore pitcher Jake Borup, who was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft, has signed with the club. Borup, who went 11-1 this season, will be assigned to the Williamsport Crosscutters (A).

    Sun Devil senior Co-Captain Raoul Torrez has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who selected him in the 21st round of the draft. Torrez will be assigned to the Yakima Bears (A).

    Brock's final game stirs up emotions

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    By Ryan McGee

    ESPN.com

    Every time Arizona State head baseball coach Tim Esmay takes his seat in the dugouts of Rosenblatt Stadium, he can still see Jim Brock sitting there with him.

    Brock was first Esmay's coach, then his boss, and even now, 16 years after his death, Esmay's ASU mentor.

    This year marks Esmay's seventh trip to the College World Series, his first as a head coach. The first three trips came with Brock. Esmay was an infielder for the '87 Sun Devils and an assistant coach in '88 and '94. They were the first team sent home in '87, lost the championship to Stanford the following year, and came within one game of making the championship round again in '94.

    But when the longtime fans of the College World Series hear the name Jim Brock and see the maroon and gold taking the field at Rosenblatt Stadium, they don't think about wins and losses, his two CWS titles in '77 and '81, or even his trademark "discussions" with umpires, which happened in nearly every game.

    No, the image that sticks with the people of Omaha is of a frail, cancer-ravaged Jim Brock, feebly sitting in the Rosenblatt dugout, literally dying as he coached what would be his final game.

    At the end of the '93 season, his 22nd as ASU head coach, the 56-year old had been admitted to the hospital for a surgical procedure to try to dig cancerous tumors from his colon. In the months that followed, the recovery did not go well. As the '94 season began, the cancer had fought back and moved into his liver. No one wanted to say it aloud, but the aggressive chemo treatments that he endured between games that spring weren't as much to save his life as they were to preserve it in the hopes of making a 13th and final pilgrimage to Omaha.

    The Devils slugged their way through the Pac-10, ending the regular season with a fistfight and loss to Stanford, after which Brock got tossed from the game by chewing on the ears of the umpiring crew. It was a signature moment from the admittedly cantankerous coach. It was also the last game he would coach at ASU's Packard Stadium.

    Prior to travelling to Knoxville, Tenn. for the NCAA regional, Brock confided to Phoenix sportswriter Paul Rubin: "I've got so much damned chemo in me right now, I can't possibly die. I've made it this far personally, and we've made it this far as a team. We may as well take the next step."

    In other words, Rosenblatt Stadium. A few days later the Devils defeated Tennessee to make that happen.

    On June 4, 1994, a muggy Saturday afternoon, Arizona State took the field at The 'Blatt for Game 1 of the College World Series. Brock gingerly made his way into the dugout, unfolded a lawn chair, and took his seat to watch his Devils take on the top-ranked Miami Hurricanes. In the days leading up to the start of the CWS, he had pleaded with the media and his peers for the game to be about the team and the players, not about him. It hadn't worked.

    CBS televised the game with one camera dedicated solely to the dying coach and another to his family, particularly wife Pat, sitting above the dugout. National media outlets, even those who normally wouldn't give college baseball as much as a box score on the back page, sent writers and reporters to Omaha to capture the story of the 57-year old coach who was literally giving his life to the game.

    In the second inning, already sensing a potential breakdown in his squad, Brock called his team in close, tighter than normal because he was unable to shout. That was hard for him. When he'd taken the job in 1972, he was roundly criticized for his "if they all hate me, they'll play harder" coaching approach. It was the total opposite philosophy of his legendary predecessor, three-time CWS champ Bobby Winkles, and it had made Brock's get-to-know-me period with the baseball-crazed ASU fans a hard one. Winkles was a quote machine. Brock was all business.

    As the team gathered around him, Brock could speak barely above normal conversational volume. He told them that merely getting to the College World Series was nothing and not to assume that just because they were at Rosenblatt meant they were ready for Rosenblatt. He told them that they looked flat, and Miami did not. He took deep breaths between each sentence and finally growled "Move it up a notch."

    They immediately went out and scored their first run of the day, then added three more to defeat the No. 1 team in the land, 4-0. The team, including assistant coach Tim Esmay, filed through the dugout and congratulated their coach.

    Then Pat and the rest of the Brock family came down to help him stand, fold his chair, walk up the stairs and climb into a waiting golf cart. Those remaining from the crowd of 14,000 watched in silence and then began to applaud as Jim Brock left Rosenblatt for what would be the final time.

    Two days later, the Devils played again, this time against Oklahoma. The plan was for Brock to be there, but he was unable to get out of his hotel bed. Fifteen minutes before the first pitch, his daughter came to the ASU dugout to say that her father wouldn't be coming, but she'd wanted to bring his lawn chair. The image of Brock's empty chair in the dugout caused fans in the old ballpark to weep.

    The next day, Brock was airlifted home to Arizona, where he watched the remainder of the College World Series from his hospital bed. They advanced all the way to the semifinals, before losing a heartbreaker to the Sooners, who went on to win the championship. That game was played on June 8. Three days later, shortly after being told that Oklahoma had beaten Georgia Tech for the title, Jim Brock slipped into a coma and passed away.

    "In six decades of baseball in this old ballpark, there are few memories that stir up the kind of emotions that Jim Brock did in 1994," says Lou Spry, the official scorer of the College World Series since 1981. "Even now, nearly 20 years later, those of us who have been around Rosenblatt Stadium for so long can hardly tell that story without breaking down. I don't know if there will ever be a greater symbol of what this event and this ballpark means to so many people."

    For Jim Brock it was, quite literally, life or death.

    Sun Devil fans who want to be the first to own the new 2010 ASU Baseball Pac-10 Champions t-shirt should get down to Sparky's Stadium Shop today. The shirts have arrived and are on sale at the Stadium Shop, located at Sun Devil Stadium. The shirts can also be purchased on-line at http://sparkysstadiumshop.com/sundevils/home.php.

    ASU NCAA Championship Note

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    As we head down the home stretch of the 2009-10 athletic year at Arizona
    State University we still have five teams competing for national
    championships (baseball, softball, men's and women's track and field and
    men's golf).  I thought this note might be some of interest to you.

    During the modern era of NCAA-recognized National Championships, ASU has won
    22 national titles in eight sports.  They are:

    Baseball -- 5
    Men's Gymnastics -- 1
    Women's Track & Field -- 3
    Men's Track & Field -- 2
    Wrestling -- 1
    Men's Golf -- 2
    Women's Golf -- 7
    Softball -- 1

    This is the fifth-most total in the Pacific-10 Conference:  UCLA (105);
    Stanford (99); USC (90); Cal (28); ASU (22); Arizona (17); Oregon (16);
    Washington (6); Oregon State (3) and Washington State (2).

    During Lisa Love's tenure as Vice President for Athletics at ASU, the Sun
    Devils have won six NCAA National Championships (three in women's track &
    field and one each in men's track & field, women's golf and softball).  So
    27.2 percent (six of 22) of ASU's NCAA-recognized National Championships
    have come under the leadership of Lisa as VP for Athletics.

    This list does not include the AIAW national titles that many of ASU's
    sports teams won in the 1960's and 1970's, nor does it include the badminton
    and archery titles that the NCAA never did recognize.
    Former Sun Devil baseball player Brooks Conrad (1999 to 2001) hit a ninth inning pinch hit walk-off Grand Slam this afternoon at Turner Field in Atlanta to give his Braves a 10-9 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The grand slam denied Reds starting pitcher Mike Leake, a Sun Devil from 2007 to 2009, his fifth win of the season. Leake went six innings, allowing only one earned run while striking out six. He was also 2-3 at the plate.

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    Own A Piece of ASU Baseball!

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    Sun Devil baseball fans now have the unique opportunity to own a rare piece of ASU Baseball memorabilia. Prior to every home game, fans can purchase lineup cards that were used in the Sun Devil dugout by the coaching staff from games during the 2010 season. Each lineup card is hand signed by Head Coach Tim Esmay and comes with a Letter of Authenticity. The lineup cards can be purchased at the On Deck Circle Table before every home game. For more information, contact BaseballSID@asu.edu.

    Man vs. Food Visits Sun Devil Baseball

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    Man vs. Food, the hit show on the Travel Channel, recently made a stop in the Valley for a taping and one of the places they visited was Winkles Field-Packard Stadium at Brock Ballpark. Host Adam Richman threw out the first pitch at the Friday night game against Houston and also filmed at the field for a segment on an upcoming episode. Adam donned the Maroon and Gold for the shoot, which took place at Packard Stadium. (Photo courtesy Eric Sorenson)
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    Dustin Pedroia Shoots Wilson Ad At Packard Stadium

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    Boston Red Sox star second baseman and former Sun Devil Dustin Pedroia stopped by Packard Stadium this week to visit his old stomping grounds and participate in a photo shoot for Wilson Sporting Goods. The 2007 AL Rookie of the Year and 2008 AL MVP was modeling his new personalized Wilson glove, which he will debut during the 2010 season with Boston.

    For more information on Wilson, visit Wilson.com. (Photo by Jason Wise)

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    ASU Baseball Did You Know...

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    Former Arizona State pitcher Steve Brody was in the comedy smash hit The Hangover. Brody, who uses the stage name Brody Stevens, played Officer Foltz, the Las Vegas policeman who is giving a tour of the station. He tells the kids on the tour that the bench where the three stars are sitting is "loserville".

    Brody pitched for four years at Arizona State, compiling a 3-1 record in 14 appearances from 1989 to 1992. He is currently a comedian who has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

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    Quotes From New Head Baseball Coach Tim Esmay

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    On Thursday, former Sun Devil Baseball player and assistant coach Tim Esmay was named head baseball coach for the 2010 season. Here are some excerpts from his press conference:

     

    "I've been born raised with Arizona State, ever since I was a little kid. This is tremendous for me. This is home. I'm a Sun Devil and that's one of the big reasons why it's been great to come back. When someone like Lisa Love calls and says we need this to happen, that's what you do when you are a Sun Devil. You come back and you help this place out."

     

    "My goal is to continue what's already been established. Why would you change something that has been successful?"

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    "It's the maroon blood, the maroon and gold. I'm hoping that the kids who are in this program now in 20 years get an opportunity to feel the same way. It never leaves you, this place never leaves you. You never lose the sense of what it is about, what it prepares you to be in baseball and in life. This place does a lot of things for you as a person. I hope that the kids, when they are done with their careers, walk away just like the majority of all the alumni who have played here. This is home and this will always be home no matter what they do from here on out."

     

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Reunion at ASU Baseball Camp

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    Fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the early 90's would have loved to have been at ASU Baseball's camp over the weekend as both Bobby Bonilla and Barry Bonds were in attendance. Bonds stopped by his alma mater to visit with campers and see his old Buccos teammate.

    Bonds and Bonilla teamed up from 1986 to 1991 in Pittsburgh, helping the Pirates to NL East Division titles in 1990 and 1991.

    In The Photo: Bobby Bonilla, 2008 Pirates first round pick Pedro Alvarez and Barry Bonds. Photo by Steve Kirkman

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